“I decided it was time for me to “downsize” eliminating the costs, physical maintenance and stresses of home ownership. I have collected art during my lifetime and had a painting I loved and valued which I knew would be too large for a smaller space, so I made the decision to sell it and contacted Suzanne to assist me with the sale.
I knew Suzanne from “The Arts In Healthcare” program at Eisenhower Hospital and found her to be very personable, intelligent, and professional. Suzanne researched the market for my painting, evaluated the choices, and helped me determine a course of action. The painting was sold to a collector within a week for a very fair price. Suzanne’s assistance relieved my anxiety and stress, making a huge difference in my life.
To people thinking of working with Suzanne I would say, “there is peace and confidence in knowing you are working with a person of integrity who is highly proficient in her work, straightforward in her manner and a delightful person.”
JEAN MILES HOPKINS, RETIRED NURSE AND ARTIST LIVING IN PALM DESERT CALIFORNIA.
I am here from out of state closing out a family trust. I was seeking someone to appraise items and, in speaking with people in the art community, my search led me to Suzanne. I found her to be very knowledgeable, thorough, professional and pleasant. She produced a complete, well researched and documented appraisal that met my needs and eased my worries. I would absolutely recommend her services to others seeking high-quality work done on a timely basis and at a reasonable cost.
JO ANN PEEPLES
Suzanne, what can I say, great job, and the family is pleased timely done and well presented.
VJ SHRADER PALM DESERT CA.
“We encountered several difficulties submitting an insurance claim for artwork which was lost (or stolen) during a move from the Bay Area to Portland, Oregon. After working closely with Suzanne for valuation purposes, and largely due to her expertise and detailed appraisal, we achieved a full and appropriate settlement for our most important piece of art which far exceeded our first expectations. Her research and professional documentation enabled us to settle the claim entirely to our satisfaction. I recommend her very highly.”
JAMES CANNING, GRAPHIC DESIGNER PORTLAND, OREGON
“As president of 1st Community Insurance Services I have many clients that depend on our expertise to guide them through a somewhat dry, boring but very important part of protecting their assets. Suzanne’s appraisals were very detailed and comprehensive in the description and photos of each item appraised. Any one reviewing one of her appraisal reports would totally understand what it is she appraise and why it was assigned the value it was. My only hesitation was I did not know her. Now that I do, I feel comfortable referring her to any of my clients since I believe she is representative of our work as an agency.
Definitely would recommend Suzanne in the future to any and all of my clients for either personal clients for their personal art and antique collections or any of my commercial clients that should understand the worth of some of the art they have in their offices, which might not be covered under their commercial policies.
I live in Rancho Mirage and have my insurance agency office in Palm Springs. I have been a property and facilities manager prior to being in insurance.
“Many years ago Suzanne Houck appraised our mother’s art collection. At that time our mother expressed how happy she was with the very thorough job Suzanne did for her. When our mother passed away in April 2014, my sister and I went to Suzanne to have her update the previous art appraisal for estate purposes and once again she worked in a very timely and professional manner to give us the information we needed.
My sister and I really appreciated Suzanne’s professionalism and timely results. It was obvious from working with her that she has had extensive training and experience in her field of work. And it is clear that Suzanne is not only very knowledgeable, but she really enjoys her profession and working with her clients.
We would definitely recommend Suzanne to anyone wanting a reference.
SALLY CARDAMONE, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC FORMER FUNDRAISER
Suzanne was very helpful during a personally difficult time. She was on time, professional and courteous. With her help we were able to proceed with the execution of the estate. I had no hesitations about using her, and she was a pleasure to work with.
FRANZI PERLMAN, RETIRED, MINNETONKA, MN
I first contacted Suzanne to assist me in determining the value of numerous items in my home. She was prompt in responding to my initial contact and in providing service. I would certainly use her again.
ROY PETERSON, RETIRED LICENSED STRUCTURAL AND CIVIL ENGINEERAND FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR FOR SEVERAL CITIES, PALM DESERT,CA
Suzanne was very professional and friendly and her services were reasonable. She was easy to reach and finished her report in a timely manner following her visit to the home. She was easy to get along with and knowledgeable about her work. It was a pleasure working with her. It can sometimes be hard to coordinate with an appraiser from out of state, but I experienced no difficulties working with Suzanne and would use her again for other jobs. I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for inventory or appraisal services for tangible personal property.
JESSICA PLESKO, ATTORNEY, ESTATE SETTLEMENT, SAINT LOUIS, MO
I wanted to extend my thanks to you again for the wonderfully professional appraisal of my personal assets. The inspection and documentation of my property was handled in a most expedient and thoughtful manner. I was particularly pleased with the pictures that were taken of my property along with the very detailed description of each of the items.I so appreciated your expertise and your thoroughly pleasant and professional manner that I most highly recommend your services to others.
MARILYN FRITZ, PALM DESERT, CA
When I was dealing with my parents’ estate I needed an expert to help me understand what was valuable and what wasn’t. Suzanne helped me better understand my family’s tangible assets. She is very personable, flexible and intelligent.
JORDAN ARMITAGE, PALM DESERT, CA
When I began the process for appraising my mother’s estate I was concerned about appraisal costs and deadlines. Suzanne’s prompt and thorough appraisal allowed me to meet all my deadlines and fulfill the estate tax law requirements affordably. Her personal contact and proficiency of evaluation and assessment greatly reduced my stress level. She met all my needs at a most difficult time. I would highly recommend her service due to her flexibility and thoroughness.
MARIANNE BEAN, RETIRED IBM CORPORATION, LAGUNA BEACH, CA